Brussels Summit (11-12 July 2018) [fr]
President Macron attended the meeting of NATO heads of States and governments on 11 and 12 July 2018 at the new NATO headquarters in Brussels.
During the Summit, the heads of State and government of the 29 allied countries adopted a series of measures aiming to continue the adaptation of the Alliance to the current security environment.
- The leaders adopted the Readiness Initiative, a commitment to have by 2020 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat vessels, ready for use within 30 days.
- The adaptation of tNATO’s command structure continued through the creation of two new commands: one dedicated to the Atlantic based in Norfolk, Virginia, and the other focused on support and logistics in Ulm, Germany.
- As part of NATO’s contribution to the fight against terrorism, the leaders decided to launch a new non-combat training and advisory mission in Iraq, in support of the efforts of the International Coalition against Daech, and in coordination with the United Nations and the European Union.
- The Heads of State and Government approved new DCB (defence and related security capacity building) assistance measures for Tunisia, aimed to support the Tunisian authorities in further developing their defense capabilities, at their request.
- They invited the government in Skopje to start accession talks, to enable the country to become the Alliance’s 30th member once all the necessary national procedures have been completed to finalize the agreement with Greece on the name issue.
- During the discussions on burden sharing, the Allies reaffirmed the commitments made at the Wales Summit, including allocating 2% of their gross domestic product (GDP) to defense expenditures by 2024.
- Lastly, a meeting was held with Georgia and Ukraine to discuss security issues in the Black Sea region, while a working dinner allowed for an exchange with Finland, Sweden and the European Union on common security concerns.
Upon this summit, a new joint declaration on cooperation between NATO and the European Union was signed by NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. This declaration assures the willingness of both organizations to reinforce their cooperation in several areas, among which military mobility, the fight against terrorism, resilience to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related risks, and the promotion of the « women peace and security » agenda.
Read the Summit communiqué
Read the Brussels Declaration on Transatlantic Security and Solidarity (NATO’s website)
See the Summit programme and photos (NATO’s website)